Climbing Hydrangea Vine

Cottage Gardens In July – Part Two

Yesterday I shared our Early July Sun Garden Part One.

This is where we left off…and sharing more of our cottage gardens in July…

Queen's Anne Lace

to see the plants in this area, click here.

We are heading West (right) of one side of the Sun Garden,

Sun Garden
The middle section has two Dwarf Variegated Maiden Grass.

Dwarf Variegated Maiden Grass

Hopefully you can see the variegated leaves. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Dixieland’, common name: Maiden Grass. I love this grass, it’s not invasive, reaches heights of 3 1/2′ and drought tolerant, hardy in zones 4-9.

Below it is the annual blue Salvia that I just it hasn’t filled in yet.

Above, on the trellis are two plants…

Porcelain Berry Vine, Dwarf Maiden Grass

Variegated Porcelain Berry Vine and Honeysuckle Vine. Remember I mention how invasive the Porcelain Berry Vine is?  I didn’t plant it here and it’s taken over.  It’s easy to pull out, I just didn’t caught it.

Honeysuckle Vine

The second vine is Lonicera, gold flame, Honeysuckle Vine. It’s an extremely rapid growers and it’s sweet scent attracts hummingbirds.  They can be used as screens for fences or walls, as a featured specimen in a garden, on a patio, or as an accent piece in a large landscape. Grows in partial or full sun and can reach heights up to 18′, zones 4-9.

Sun Garden

This area is a little bare, there was a rose here that didn’t make it, and just planted a new one that you can’t see yet.  Another example of unusual trellis.  It was a freebie from an alley…love freebies! A Morning glory is growing up on the right side of the trellis.

On the left of the trellis theres a plant peaking out…

Perennial Veronica

A lovely perennial Veronica, common name: speedwell.    Veronica has a lot of character and is a very carefree and easy to grow plant perennial with long spikes of small petals in purple, blue, pink, or white. It grows in clusters from 1 to 3 feet tall, and blooms from spring to autumn.   Mine is 4′ tall.  Great back of the border plant.

In front is my “holding bed” I start annual seeds in this area, and just haven’t gotten to moving them yet. It is pouring rain outside so they’ll be moved to there new home tomorrow.

Heirloom Balsam

Annual Heirloom Balsam…a member of the annual Inpatient.   It comes in four beautiful shades, Blackberry, Salmon, Light Pink and Dark Rose.

If you are looking for a show stopper annual this it is. Heavily reseeds (so acts like a perennial), drought tolerant, gorgeous color.  Once you plant a few seeds you will never have to buy seeds again. I pop the seed pod in the Fall and toss out in Spring.

Right of the trellis..

Karl Forester Grass, Phlox

Above on the right is a perennial Calamagrostis × acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’, commonname: feather reed grass.  My favorite grass, non-invasive, likes full sun, but I have several in partial shade, and does well, just not as many plumes in fall.  Low  maintenance care, zones 5 to 9.

Next to it is  perennial Phlox paniculata, common name: Wild Sweet William.  It is not in bloom here, but…

Maiden Grass, Phlox, Karl Forester

here it was last year.  It’s a pink color.  This flower blooms great in full and partial sun. It reseeds heavily so it an perennial acting annual.Reaches 3-4 feet.  Large clusters of small blossoms (pinks, white, salmon colors) top thick, sturdy stems. Phlox prefer rich, loamy, well-drained soils kept evenly moist. Avoid extended periods of dryness.

It is very susceptible to powdery mildew so water deeply and provide good air circulation. Phlox doesn’t like to be crowded next to another plant.

You can also see more of the heirloom Balsam and Maiden Grass. I made/painted the cow in the background.  It’s been moved to another location.


Next is a very tall Juniper, it was only 3′ tall when I planted it  You can also see our Climbing Hydrangea that’s  spreading across the top of the fence.

Here’s a picture when it was in bloom…

Climbing Hyrangea Vine

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris, common name: climbing hydrangea.  It is one of the best ornamental vines.  It is a large heavyvine that requires a very sturdy support and it reddish brown, peeling bark is attractive in the winter.

It’s blooms in shade or full sun, in deep South needs afternoon shade in zones zones 9 and 10. Plant in rich, moisture-retentive, well-drained soil. Climbs with the aid of root like holdfasts, which cling to almost any surface. Climbing Hydrangea’s growth habit is unusual for a vine, because plants have lateral branches that will grow out as much as 3 ft from the supporting structure, giving a rich, deep texture that is quite unlike that of other vines, which more typically twine up a narrow support.  The ONLY negative to this vine is that it’s VERY SLOW to take off, usually 4-5 years.

Climbing Hydrangea Vine

It is so worth the wait…

Sun Garden

Under the Hydrangea is my herb bed, then a whole grouping of Queen of the Prairie around the cement statue Midnight in the Garden Between Good and Evil.

It’s hard to get a photo here, this area is right outside a huge Wisteria that hangs over.

Queen Of The Prairie

Here’s a closeup.  See Part one for more information

At the statues left is a…

Echinacea Flower, Coneflower

are three Echinacea Flower,  common name: purple coneflower. This is a fantastic perennial for full sun gardens, it’s long lived and attracts butterflies. It’s very hardy in zones 3-8. Echinacea will bloom all summer if you trim back the spent flowers.

Echinacea flowers, purple coneflower

A closeup of  the flower newly opened.

Red Petunia

Under the statue is red petunia in between two vintage fireplace andirons. I just planted and they aren’t filled in yet, but when they do it looks like there’s a “fire”.

petunia, daylilly, phlox

Next… three daylilies…

Apricot daylilly

Apricot Daylilies.  Everyone knows about these.

To the right of the Daylilies is a..


Spirea, is one of the easiest shrubs to grow. They come in different sizes. My Spirea will grow to 5′, but I want to keep it small, so I shear it down to the gown every 3-4 years to keep it low and small.  I wanted it small so I could use it in the front of my border.

Colors include pink, red, yellow, and white, depending on the variety. Some types have colorful fall foliage. Size depends on the species and variety, and can range from 2 to 10 feet tall and wide. There are  low growing spireas too.  The classic bridal wreath spirea, grows up to 10 feet tall and 20 feet wide, so give it plenty of elbow room, or keep it shears down, shearing causes more flower masses to form.

Behind the Spirea is another phlox not in bloom yet, but here’s a photo from last year…

Pink Phlox

next to her is a very small Acer Palmatum var. Dissectum, common name: Japanese Maple Tree, .

Japenese Maple

I love, love, love Japanese Maples and have five in my garden.  This is the slowest growing Maple I have ever seen!  It’s been here four years.  Every Spring the rabbits eat all the leaves off of it! So this fall I’m surrounding with chicken wire! It’s suppose to reach 8′, I don’t know how long that will take?

Well this end the Sun Garden’s South side, I’ll be sharing the Sun Gardens North side!


  1. says

    So many great plants! Beautiful garden! I just bought my first ever Annual Balsam yesterday at the NC Farmer’s Market. Am looking forward to seeing how readily it reseeds next year – for now, I’ve got it planted in amongst my impatiens, and it’s right at home.

  2. says

    You have so much going on there it is just amazing, and inspiring as well. You make me want to go dig up more of my yard.
    Wait…it’s 80% humidity right now. Ok I talked myself out of it :)

    Seriously..just stunning / you have got the green thumb for sure :)

  3. Claudia says

    I LOVE Touch Me Nots! My Mom use to grow them and I would always get in trouble for popping the seed pods. Your climbing hydrangea has really grown, mine not so much. Love the Bird Girl garden statue, would love to know where you were able to find one. I have just the spot for one!

  4. says

    Love your gorgeous garden! All the little unexpected treasures make it really special. Those dog irons are perfect!

  5. says

    I just found your blog and love your garden!!! I’ve been creating a garden for 5 years (well, the whole thing started 5 years ago but not everything is 5 years old) and I’m finally getting some good growth on the plants and seeing things fill in. I have many of what you do like the climbing hydrangea and the Japanese maple. I’m now planning on separating many of the plants to give live to my back yard. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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